The federal government has shut down, and local elected officials are speaking out. In a statement, Congressman Tom Reed blames extremes on both sides of the aisle who are focusing on their own self interests and not the American people.
Reed, who’s co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, says a bipartisan meeting was held this week in an attempt to solve the problems plaguing the United States and find some common ground. Reed says that despite the shutdown, his office remains open.
Here is Reed’s full statement:
|“The unfortunate government shutdown is further proof that the extremes on both sides of the aisle continue to focus on their own self interests and not the needs of the American people. I am deeply disappointed these extremists, who are refusing to compromise, have prevailed. I want to assure people that I will not stop working until a solution is found.
“In the meantime, our office will remain open, accessible and able to help as many people as possible with the things they need such as social security checks, Medicare, or veterans issues.
“In Washington, we continue to work out the details of a bipartisan solution. This week, the Problem Solvers Caucus, which I co-chair, held a bipartisan meeting with over 50 House and Senate members looking to bring stability to government and solve the problems we face.These issues include addressing our spending priorities like the Children’s Health Insurance Program and paying our men and women in uniform. We also must address our failing immigration policies.”